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Behold: Your morning news round up, links from around the city, nation, and world.
With Governor Quinn's ban of the death penalty, it's worth a look at how jailed former governor George Ryan contributed to the legislation. (Chicago News Coop)
The latest racket in Illinois? Ice. (Tribune)
More after the jump.
The Blackhawks visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center yesterday. They visit the White House later today. (Tribune)
The woman accused of murder of former Bears' player's girlfriend is caught on tape explaining the murder. (Sun-Times)
Apparently you can still collect unemployment, even if you're indicted on fleecing the county of large sums of money through shell companies. (Sun-Times)
A massive earthquake and tsunami—magnitude 8.9—hit Japan this morning. Hundreds are dead. (NY Times)
Is smoking cool again? Gaga and Rango are your case studies. (Washington Post)
How poor folks get swindled at tax time. (Chicago Muckrakers/Chicago Reporter)
According to mathematician/sociologist/filmmaker Michael Moore, the richest 400 Americans are worth more than the entire bottom 50 percent of the nation. (GOOD)